The Pacific Avenue storm drain project is at a critical phase as Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal announced pertinent construction work that could disrupt residents as it continues through the late night and early morning.

The work is being done under an emergency permit and with close observation/coordination by City inspectors. There are a number of factors that require work to be conducted outside of normal construction hours and City staff is working to minimize impacts to residents.

One significant challenge associated with the project relates to the adjacent active blue-line train operations and the energized overhead electrical wires. At this point it is necessary to use heavy equipment to complete a portion of work, and that can only happen when the blue line is not in operation (between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM). A majority of the heavy equipment work was completed last night (Tuesday from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM), and should be completed tonight (Wednesday from 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM). There is additional work that will create noise at night, but it will be much less intensive.

The City team is working with the Contractor to send out a letter to the impacted downtown residents, apologizing for any inconvenience this work may cause. The goal is to complete the project by mid-March.

Estimated schedule below:

  • Wednesday, February 10 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM: Night Work (with Heavy Equipment)
  • Thursday, February 11 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM: Night Work (with Heavy Equipment)
  • Tuesday, February 16 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM: Night Work
  • Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM: Night Work
  • February 18 through March 17: Day Work (storm drain reconnection, site work and street repaving)

The project is expected to be completed on March 18.

Should you have any questions please contact City Construction Inspector, Eric Lowe at 562-577-6336.